I sure do hope you're keeping well! I sure am! This week is just flying by, innit? (My attempt at British slang!) Anyhoo, anyhoo.. this post is one that has been long requested. As a type 4 naturalista I totally understand the struggle that is single strand knots and matting!
But not to worry, detangling is a tried and tested method by which to avoid knots and matting. While I've been a big fan of dry detangling for the past 3 or so years of my natural hair journey, I'm finding that my hair LOVES wet detangling nowadays!
Just to be clear, dry detangling and wet detangling aren't all that different. In the former, you detangle your hair when its nearly dry, and in the latter you detangle your hair when it is still dripping wet. This particular aspect of natural haircare can be contentious. Naturalistas who detangle dry hair claim that their hair is better able to handle the manipulation as when wet, it is gummy and can easily bend out of shape. Naturalistas who detangle wet hair claim the opposite. They say that their hair is better able to handle manipulation when it is wet as it is softer and more pliable.
I have used either method with success. When my hair was shorter, I enjoyed both dry and wet detangling. However, when my hair was about 10-13 inches, I found that dry detangling was an efficient way of getting rid of knots. However, now that my hair is approaching 20 inches, it seems to LOVE wet detangling. The key, I guess is to learn to be responsive your hair's needs as I said in this post here.
Now that we sort of have an idea of what I mean by "wet detangling", why don't we dive into my method!
Here's what you need to know:
1. Prior to detangling, I deep conditioned my hair overnight with Shea Moisture's Deep Conditioning Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Mask. I didn't apply anything else to my strands.
2. It took me about 1 hour to thoroughly detangle my hair - I have lots of volume and length, so this is probably why.
3. I lost about a dime size of dead/shed hair, again because I have lots of volume and length. Each detangling session, I lose about 30-50 strands. This is a normal part of our hair's growth cycle.
4. I went on to re-twist my hair in 6 large sections, rinsed off my DC, applied my leave-ins, sealed my hair and then re-twisted my hair for the week.
Here's a step-by-step YouTube video on my "tearing apart" wet detangling process:
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How do you detangle you hair? Do you prefer to detangle your hair when it is wet or when it is dry? Leave me a note below, I'd love to know!